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Gangtok

East , Sikkim

The capital of Sikkim and the crowning glory of the north east India, gangtok lies in a place where every city in the country would want to be. IN the Shivalik hills at 1437m altitude, this is a place which is very famous for being one of the greatest Buddhist pilgrimage places. A place which is so close to Tibet, this was the centre for trade relations between India and Tibet. After Independence it chose to be an independent monarchy but after a series of strife Sikkim decided to be a part of India and Gangtok remained its capital. Gangtok is one very colourful city. The presence of Buddhists, tibetians, Chinese and Hindus make the city a very interesting one culture wise. It also throws a light on how liberal and accepting a city it actually is. There are many festivals celebrated here and every one of those are celebrated with the same fervour. This is one place where you have to go to experience the sheer joy of being alive. Gangtok is full of gompas, stupas, parks and gardens. Some of the major attractions in and around Gangtok are the Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Hanuman Tok. Fair warning, this is a very hilly terrain and not very ideal to take a stroll. Its always a good idea to plan the trips and to have an expert with you at all times. Gangtok thrives on tourism. Thus all the places here are designed to be tourist friendly. You can opt for the smaller lodges or the five star hotels. The point is you have the choice. Also a place famous for eco tourism, it offers you a chance of trekking, river rafting and mountaineering and definitely completes your already joyous holiday.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 12.0°C /54.0°F 125 mm 5577feet 2000.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest


  • Institute of Tibetology


    "Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. The Namgyal Rrks in the world outside Tibet.\nThe foundation stone of the institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on the 10th of February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 1 October 1958.\nThe institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution."

    Institute of Tibetology

  • Kabi Lungchok


    "Kabi Lungchok is a historic site of significance, which is located 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of Gangtok on the Northern Highway in northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The historicity of the site is attributed to the fact that the Lepchas, the ethnic tribals of Sikkim and Bhutias (ethnic Tibetans), the immigrants from Tibet who settled down in Sikkim from the 14th century onwards, ceremonially signed a \"Treaty of Blood Brotherhood\" with religious fervour. Stone pillars mark the location where the treaty was signed. The Treaty was signed at Kabi Lungchok by the Tibetan King, Khye Bumsa representing the Bhutias and the Lepcha Chief Thekong Tek. The literal meaning of 'Kabi Lungchok', pronounced 'Kayu sha bhi Lungchok', is \"stone erected by our blood.\"[1][2][3] Life-size statues of the Lepcha and Bhutia 'blood-brothers' who signed the treaty has been erected here.[4]"

    Kabi Lungchok

  • Rabdentse Ruins


    "Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Nepalese Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. However, the ruins of this city are seen close to Pelling and in West Sikkim district in the Northeastern Indian state of present day Sikkim; Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim which is close to the ruins. From the vantage point of this former capital, superb views of the Khanchendzonga ranges can be witnessed. This monument has been declared as of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.[1] It was first established in 1670 by Chadok Namgyal son of Phuntsog Namgyal by shifting from the first capital of Yuksom that was consecrated in 1642.[2][2][3]\nThe Rabdentse ruins are part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksom known as the Dubdi Monastery, followed by Norbugang Chorten, Tashiding Monastery, the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake.[4]"

    Rabdentse Ruins

  • Sikkim Research Institute Of Tibetology


    "Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. The Namgyal Rrks in the world outside Tibet.\nThe foundation stone of the institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on the 10th of February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 1 October 1958.\nThe institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution."

    Sikkim Research Institute Of Tibetology

  • Kanchenjunga


    "Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.[3] It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in a section of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal that is limited in the west by the Tamur River and in the east by the Teesta River.[1] Kangchenjunga is located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim.[4]\nThe Geological Survey of India indicates the summit of Kangchenjunga at 8,598 m (28,209 ft).[5] It is the highest peak in India and the easternmost of the peaks higher than 8,000 m (26,000 ft). It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks, and has always been worshiped by the people of Darjeeling and Sikkim.[6]\nTwo of the five peaks are in Taplejung District, Nepal.[7] The other three peaks - main, central, and south - are on the border of North Sikkim and Nepal. Kangchenjunga Main is the second highest peak in Nepal after Mount Everest.[8]\nUntil 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations based on various readings and measurements made by the Great Trigonometric Survey of India in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest, known as Peak XV at the time, was the highest. Allowing for further verification of all calculations, it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third-highest mountain.[9]\nKangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit as per the promise given to the Maharaja of Sikkim that the top of the mountain would remain inviolate. Every climber or climbing groups that have reached the summit have followed this tradition.[6] Other members of this expedition included John Angelo Jackson and Tom Mackinon.[10]"

    Kanchenjunga

  • Saramsa Garden


    "Saramsa Garden is a public garden approximately 14 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, India. Established in 1922, the garden has served a variety of purposes. Initially dedicated to growing fruit for the local colonial officers, it later became known for cultivating the medicinal plant ipecacuanha. For this reason the garden is also known as Ipecac Garden.[1] When the growing of ipecacuanha was discontinued, the garden was repurposed as an orchidarium and a recreational garden for picknickers. In 2008, the garden hosted the International Floriculture Show, attracting 50,000 visitors on each of its three days.[2]"

    Saramsa Garden

  • Tashi Viewpoint


    "The late king of Sikkim, Tashi Namgyal, has constructed the Tashi Viewpoint. It is located 4 km away from Gangtok, from where the visitors can get a perfect view of the opposite hills, besides mount Kanchenjunga. The snow range of Kanchenjunga could be seen on clear days. From this viewpoint, the visitors can easily see the Phodong Monastery and the Labrang Monastery on the opposite hill. \nA perching shed and a modest cafeteria are there at Tashi Viewpoint, which provides shelter and other comforts to the visitors. The park present near the viewpoint is a great place to savour the picnic."

    Tashi Viewpoint

  • Tsomgo Lake


    "Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok at altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 ft).\nThe road to Nathu La passes the lake on north side. The Chinese border crossing is only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east-northeast in a straight line, but some 18 kilometres (11 mi) by road.[1]\nIndian Postal Service released a commemorative stamp on the lake on 6 November 2006."

    Tsomgo Lake

  • Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary


    "Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 20 km away from Gangtok. This sanctuary is very famous for varied flora (like bamboo, champa, ferns, katus, kimbu, oak, orchids, rhododendrons, and so on) and fauna (binturong or bearcat, civet cat, Himalayan black bear, red panda, and so on). \nIt is a wonderful place to find many species of wild animals pursued with their day-to-day activities. It also domiciles many species of birds and butterflies. At the altitude of 7,000 feet, Tinjure has a wooden site-seeing tower, which has been maintained by the Forest Department. As a whole, this sanctuary would the best place for the nature lovers."

    Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Do Drul Chorten


    "Dro-dul Chorten is a stupa in Gangtok in the Indian state of Sikkim. The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (Holy Books) and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, where two statues of Guru Rinpoche are present."

    Do Drul Chorten

  • Enchey Monastery


    "The Enchey Monastery was established in 1909 above Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in the Northeastern Indian state. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery built around the then small hamlet of Gangtok became a religious centre. The location was blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, a renowned exponent of tantric (adept) art in Buddhism with flying powers; initially a small Gompa was established by him after he flew from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim to this site. The literal meaning of Enchey Monastery is the \"Solitary Monastery\".[1][2][3][4] Its sacredness is attributed to the belief that Khangchendzonga and Yabdean - the protecting deities - reside in this monastery. As, according to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mah?k?la here. In view of this legend, the religious significance of Enchey Monastery is deeply ingrained in every household in Gangtok. It is also believed that these powerful deities always fulfil the wishes of the devotees.[5]"

    Enchey Monastery

  • Ganesh Tok


    "Ganesh Tok is a very small temple located next to the television tower on the hillock on Gangtok-Nathula road. Ganesh Tok is located 7 km from Gangtok. The altitude of this spot would be 6,500 m. This temple is devoted to lord Ganesh. It is so small; it can just accommodate one person. One must crawl to get into the temple. \nFrom this temple, one can get a bird's-eye view of the Gangtok town, the Raj Bhawan Complex, and mount Kanchenjunga - the world's 3rd highest peak. There is a place called Smriti Van, which is close to the temple, where the devotees can plant saplings on behalf of their loved ones."

    Ganesh Tok

  • Hanuman Tok


    "Hanuman Tok is situated approximately 5 km rising from White Hall on a bifurcating road of the Gangtok-Nathula highway. And it is 11 km away from Gangtok town. The height of this point is roughly 7,200 ft. From the top of this hillock, once can get wonderful view of Gangtok town and the nearby hills. It is a temple dedicated to lord Hanuman. \nThis temple has been managed by a division of the Indian Army and can be observed to be completely neat and clean. Nearby this spot, the \"royal cremation grounds??? of Lukshyama is located, where the mortal remains of the members of the former Namgyal dynasty were confined to the flame."

    Hanuman Tok

  • Phensong Monastery


    "Phensang Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingmapa Order in Sikkim, India, 9 kilometres north of Gangtok.[1] It was established in 1721 during the time of Jigme Pawo.\nPhensang, which has about 300 monks, hosts an annual festival on the 28th and 29th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan Calendar when sacred dances are performed, two days before the Sikkimese New Year.[1]"

    Phensong Monastery

  • Rumtek Monastery


    "Rumtek (Tibetan: ???????????????,, Wylie: Rum-theg Dgon-pa), also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions that characterize the Karmapa Controversy.Originally built by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje in 16th century, at the same time as Phodong Monastery and Ralang Monastery, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. But when the 16th Karmapa arrived in Sikkim in 1959, after fleeing Tibet, the monastery was in ruins. Despite being offered other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek. To him, the site possessed many auspicious qualities and was surrounded by the most favorable attributes. For example, flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below. With the generosity and help of the Sikkim royal family and the Indian government, it was built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile.\nAfter four years, construction of the monastery was completed. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. On Tibetan New Year's Day (Losar) in 1966 the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat called, \"The Dharmachakra Centre, a place of erudition and spiritual accomplishment, the seat of the glorious Karmapa.\"\nThe monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A Golden Stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.\nRumtek is located 24 km from Gangtok, the capital of the Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1500 m."

    Rumtek Monastery

  • Tashiding Monastery


    "Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Gyalshing and 19 kilometres (12 mi) to the south east of Yuksam meaning Yuk-Lamas, Sam- Three in Lepcha Language which signifies the meeting place of three holy lamas from Tibet in 1641 A.D. Tashiding is the nearest town to the Tashiding Monastery (Gompa), which is the most sacred and holiest monasteries in Sikkim.[1][2][3]\nTashiding means \"The Devoted Central Glory\" and the monastery by this name was founded in 1641 by Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing who belonged to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ngadak was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first King of Sikkim at Yuksom. It was extended and renovated in 1717 during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. 'Bhumchu Ceremony' or festival is a popular religious festival that is held on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of Tibetan Calendar.[1][2][4]\nThe Tashiding Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksam in Sikkim known as the Dubdi Monastery, Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake.[5]"

    Tashiding Monastery

  • Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom


    "The Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom was founded in 1957, as Handloom and Handicrafts Centre of Sikkim. This is situated 500 metres from the central market of Gangtok. This organization has been established to conserve and pass around the art and craft skills of the artificers of Gangtok. In this centre, the visitors can see blankets, elegant hand-carven folding tables (Choktse), hand-loomed carpets with conventional themes, hand-painted masques, shawls, traditional paintings, wooden dolls and many other handicrafts. \nBesides the above-mentioned products, one can find batiks, crafts made of bamboo, embroidery footwear, lamp stands, and silk cloths. Numerous tourists visit the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom to purchase and look up to the crafts of Sikkim."

    Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom

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